South Africa target World Cup after AFCON exit

South Africa target World Cup after AFCON exit
Dean Furman of South Africa battles with Christian Atsu of Ghana on Tuesday

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jan 28, 2015. 10:14

South Africa will shift their focus on qualifying for both the 2017 AFCON and the 2018 World Cup after they were dumped out of the 2015 AFCON on Tuesday night.

 Bafana Bafana finished bottom of Group C with a point.

The qualifying stage for the 2017 AFCON will begin in June, while the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia start in October.

“We hope to keep the core of this squad. We have a team for the qualifiers for the next AFCON and the World Cup,” said South Africa assistant coach Thabo Senong.

 Belgium-based goalkeeper Darren Keet also said they must now look ahead.

“We are obviously disappointed. We played some good football, but at the end of the day we needed the result,” said Keet, who lost his place in the first team after his blunders in an opening group game loss to Algeria.

 “We didn’t do as well as we wanted to. Our next target will be the 2018 World Cup and 2017 AFCON.”

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